WA employees least satisfied – survey

DESPITE the booming economy and employment market, two-thirds of Western Australian employees are unsatisfied with their current job, according to a report by recruitment firm Hudson. The report, examining job seeker motivation, reveals major gaps between what job seekers want from prospective employers and what employers are actually delivering. In Australia, the survey found employee satisfaction to be below 50 per cent in every state, while WA recorded a low 34 per cent. Hudson WA general manager Andrew Tomich said the figures were a wake-up call for employers. “The fact that only 34 per cent of WA employees are satisfied is a serious concern,” he said. “Housing and living costs have risen and people are working longer hours and not personally feeling the benefit of the strong market.” The report showed that, while most employers continue to offer flexible work options and financial incentives to keep employees satisfied, the main drivers of job satisfaction were a strong relationship with management and a strong company culture. The report highlights the main drivers of job satisfaction, in order of importance, being relationship with manager, company culture, promotion/advancement opportunities, the extent to which you are required to work for others and work-life balance. Mr Tomich said the obvious fallout of low employee satisfaction was the greater inclination for them to start looking for other jobs.

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